It All Started With A Lima Bean
By Kimi Flores
Rating: Three and a half glasses of wine.
A past that haunts can be laid to rest through the act of forgiveness, even if the person you forgive is yourself. It must be gifted freely.
Abby Sullivan cherishes the life she is creating for herself in her hometown of Santa Barbara, California. She adores her best friend and supportive family. Her job as a kindergarten teacher offers her life hope and purpose. She is very talented at many things, especially hiding the pain of her past. That is until her world collides with Caleb Hunter’s, giving them both a lesson in forgiveness and love.
A life changing love is cruelly snatched by sickness and death. A person must be willing to give love, the greatest gift of all, to receive love.
A successful writer, Caleb is living life day-to-day. Giving refuge to his sad and lonely heart since his wife's sudden death from cervical cancer, his primary focus becomes honoring her memory by rearing their five-year-old daughter, Madison. Yet, when Madison Hunter walks into Miss Abby’s kindergarten class, everything changes for all three of them.
With a little nudge from a loving mother-in-law who has everyone’s best interest at heart, anything is possible, especially when forgiveness and love gift even more blessings than ever imaginable.
Our Review:It All Started With A Lima Bean by Kimi Flores is a sweet story that will warm your heart and make you believe true love really does exist. Recently I have been reading quite a few sexy and gritty books. However, this one could not have been more different. Lima Bean, (I took the liberty of shortening the name of the book for this review, it’s a lot to type you know!) was a story of a young woman with a painful history, Abby, and a young man, Caleb, who lost his wife entirely too soon. Not only are their parents friends, but Caleb’s daughter Madison is also in Abby’s kindergarten class. Both Caleb and Abby want to explore the feelings they are having for each other, but are unsure if they should pursue the other. Although It doesn’t take long before they are both ready to see where their feelings will lead them.
While Lima Bean was a a well written, touching love story, I felt like it dragged in some areas. It was not a fast paced novel by any means, and it was very anticlimactic. If you are looking for sexy, you might want to try something different.
I have to say though, I am excited about the second book in this series, which focuses on Abby’s best friend Leah and Caleb’s cousin Stefan. The way that Stefan has been described in Lima Bean has me intrigued as to how he will become the man that Leah has been looking for.
It All Started with a Lima Bean by Kimi Flores is getting three and a half glasses of wine from this WhiteZin Blogger.
About the Author:
Kimi lives in So Ca with her high school sweetheart, prom date, and now husband of over 20 years as well as with her two boys that bring so much joy and laughter to her life. There is never a dull moment in Kimi’s day with these three guys by her side. Her family and she are happily involved in volunteer work with several local non-profit organizations. They believe that everyone needs to do their part and a portion of her sales will always go to charity.
At an early age, Kimi discovered the magical world of imagination. Many stories were written as well as illustrated by her as a child. Not realizing at the time that she had dyslexia, schoolwork became extremely difficult, and her confidence as a reader and writer dwindled. Thanks to a high teacher who took the time to invest in her, Kimi found a love for literary legends such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving and Jane Austen. This teacher helped Kimi create one of the happiest school memories she holds. Discovering in college that she had the learning disability was terribly discouraging since help was not readily available and her reading and writing confidence fell once again.
Needing to find a distraction when her husband unexpectedly ended up in the hospital for a week, Kimi explored the indie reading world. Jumping in with everything she had, Kimi pushed herself to read over 150 books last year. During that process, many characters reappeared in her imagination and insisted that their stories be told. Putting all self-doubt and barriers aside, she started writing the outlines and drafts for the four books in her Intertwined Hearts Series as well as bits and pieces of the three books in her next series, Down by the Bay.
Her message to you is similar to that of pop icon, will.i.am’s: ~You can focus on your problems or you can focus on your dreams ~
~I'm a sangria drinker but enjoy any fruity wine. My other poisons deifinitly include coffee (with lots of vanilla ceamer ;) Dark vegan chocolate, Pepsi and Ruffles.
What characteristics, if any, do you share with Abby?
~Honestly, the better question is what characteristics do I NOT share with her LOL. The answer would be that I, like Leah, do not enjoy antiques and although I've homeschool my kids in the past, I've not been a school teacher. I've also never had a Peter or Caleb in my life. We are similar in that I am a vegan, 7-eleven coffee drinker who LOVES Range Rovers, I fall on my behind quite often while the wire in my bra snaps and I absolutly ADORE Lucile Ball.
I'm sure naming your characters is much like naming your children. How did you come up with the names Abby, Caleb, and Madison?
~I always thought authors were fibbing when they said their characters and story "just came to them" but I get it now. All of my character's names came as soon as I pictured their faces. Madison is named after my (now) 16 year old niece.
Tell us about your writing rituals?
~That varies. I write at at different times and in different places. I type at my desk, on the couch, in different coffeehouses, at my kids school's cafeteria and so on. My favorite thing to do is called sprinting. A bunch of us mark a certain time of day and all write at the same time, for whatever given period then post our word count. That's how I was able to finish Lima Bean on time. I start sprinting while writing An Exceptional Twist this week.
Give us your blurb synopsis :) Describe Lima Bean in one sentence.
~Worlds collide, sparks fly, and the seeds of love are planted when kindergarten teacher, Abby Sullivan, and widower and renowned author, Caleb Hunter, meet on his daughter, Madison's first day of school.
E-book vs physical book?
~I LOVE the feel of paperbacks (I'm a book sniffer and not ashamed to admit it) but my eyes have a hard time focusing on paperbacks so I normally read e-books.
If Physical: Dog ear vs bookmark?
~Bookmarks for sure if I happen to be reading a paperback.
If E-book: Are you a highlighter or note taker?
~I AM a highlighter and a notetaker. Im also a researcher. I look things up all the time while Im reading.
Who is your current book boyfriend?
~My current and probably forever book boyfriend is Reed Wellington from The Premonition series by Amy Bartol. Oh man if he was only real!
Who would be your character cast for the Lima Bean Movie?
~Funny you mention movie because (and this is the first I'm publically announceing it), my next goal is to seek a movie deal. Who knows, it may be possible and I will never know unless I try. Probably made for TV kind of movie but I REALLY want to see David Boreanaz play Caleb Hunter <3 I have models that I love for Abby and Leah but I don't know her names. Philip Fusco looks exactly like my Stefen Hunter and Odette Annable (Yustman) is just as I picture Bri Hunter.
Anything you want to ask us? :)
Hummm...I'm looking forward to seeing how Stefan manages to change his ways to be with Leah. Oh...and sex of course ;-)